Description:Come learn about impactful work being done by fellow delegates in this unique opportunity to network and get involved with the Global Action and Impact Network.
Emery Kiefer, Campus Corps Program Coordinator, The Climate Reality Project
Melissa Parrott, Climate Leader and Mentor, The Climate Reality Project
Matthew Kim, Climate Reality Leader, Distinguished Youth Speaker
The Climate Reality Project is the project of former US Vice President Al Gore, the pioneer, and leader of the global movement for climate action. In this workshop, Climate Reality will explain just how grave the climate crisis has become, with the latest facts and evidence, and will give you specific training and opportunities to scale up your own climate action.
Maria Brindlmayer, Senior Knowledge Management Specialist, Making Cents International
Nilima Raut, Knowledge Management and Communications Fellow, Making Cents International
Abolaji Omitogun, Knowledge Management, YouthLead.org, Making Cents International
Ikenna Anyadike, Knowledge Management and Engagement, YouthLead.org, Making Cents International
Positive Youth Development is an intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances young people’s strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.
This workshop will show you can directly benefit from the movement for positive youth development and will guide you through YouthLead.org, a fantastic resource for young leaders.
Anna Blue, Co-Executive Director, Girl Up
Lee Schwartz, Teen Advisor, Girl Up
Christopher Hook, Development Officer, Promundo
Giovanna Villalobos, Distinguished Youth Speaker
Unami Jeremiah, Women Deliver Young Leader
One of the core targets in the United Nations push for reduced inequalities around the world is the achievement of equal rights and opportunities for women and girls. Gender parity means more than just the end of discrimination against women and often involves addressing structural issues such as misogynistic social norms and developing legal frameworks that empower and promote equality for women. Progress is being made in this field, and awareness is growing with the MeToo and Time’sUp movements, but there is still a long way to go. The gender pay gap is still prevalent and sometimes wide around the world, one in five women globally report having experienced violence from an intimate partner, and in global politics, only 23% of parliamentarians are women. Even worse, there are 650 million women worldwide who were married in childhood, and in 30 countries a third of girls are subjected to female genital mutilation (Source: UN SDG Knowledge Platform ). This panel will seek to discuss the latest progress and pathways forward for achieving gender equality. Particular focus will be given to how to better empower young women and girls, as well as how young people themselves can best make an impact in this field.
Possible Discussion Points:
- Gender issues have received increased media attention in recent years, but are things getting better on the ground?
- How can we eradicate the worst abuses of women such as FGM and childhood marriage?
- How can we increase female representation in politics, and especially that of young women?
- How is progress being made to close the gender pay gap? Has there been more success in certain countries or regions as opposed to others, and what lessons can we learn from this?
- Some reports predict that gender parity in the workplace could add $12 trillion to the global economy. How exactly does gender equality benefit employers and businesses?
- Gender stereotypes can affect people at a young age – how can education be adapted to better advance gender equality?
- How can young people best get involved in the work that is being done to empower women? How important is it for young men to be on board with this issue as well?
- What skills, knowledge, and practices do young people need to make an impact in this field?
Andrea Carcamo-Cavazos, Senior Policy Counsel, The Center for Victims of Torture
Jacqueline Romano, Board Member, Urban Light, Editor, Blindfold Magazine
Ka Hsaw Wa, Executive Director, EarthRights International
Priscilla Monico Marín, Managing Attorney, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
Human rights play a crucial role in human development, building peace and creating a better world for all. Many human rights campaigners around the world are calling the current moment “dark times for human rights”, with a rise in autocratic restrictions and abuse in many, often unexpected countries. Even the United States withdrew from the U.N. Human Rights Council last year. On the other hand, the past year has also seen some new and highly creative rights campaigns, often spearheaded by young people, showing that human rights abuses will continue to be challenged and matched by grassroots counter-movements.
This panel will focus on the crucial importance of human rights in creating a better future for young people, and explore how youth can support human rights to be better protected and advanced. Some specific fields will be explored such as human trafficking, youth and children’s rights, indigenous rights, environmental rights, and the rights of victims of war and torture. For each topic, particular attention will be paid to how the next generation of young leaders can better address these issues and take an active role.
Possible Discussion Points:
- Until recently, human rights were typically seen as moving in a positive trend – is this still the case and, if not, what has changed and why?
- How can we increase youth awareness and involvement in improving human rights?
- What specific strategies or actions by youth might be most effective in this field?
- What should be the role of the U.N. and the international community in addressing human rights? Are they fulfilling this role?
- What is the right balance between formal political engagement and grassroots activism?
- What advice would you give to any delegates living in countries where there is very low tolerance for human rights campaigning?
- How important is freedom of speech both in itself and in helping spread awareness of other human rights issues?
- In recent years, women’s rights have been described as “under attack” or seeing a “push-back”. Why is this happening now, and what can be done to stop this?
- What particular rights should children and youth have, and how can these be better protected across the world?
Yumna Khan, Youth Development Specialist, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation
Angelica Lopez, YA Ambassador
Rez Gardi, 23rd Youth Assembly Outstanding Youth Delegate
Wantoe Wantoe, FAF Scholarship Winner
Joshua Ebin, FAF Impact Challenge Winner
Come hear about opportunities offered exclusively to delegates from former outstanding YA Alumni who will share their experiences and where they are now.